With reference to the participe passé here, are these sentences correct?

les règles que la société avait défini

les comportements qui sont admissible selon les règles qu'on a défini

It was my thinking that they should be definies.

A person adept in French told me that it should be défini and referenced this link to explain why:


Can someone tell me which is correct and explain why?

  • This question has been answered before, e.g. here and here.
    – Luke Sawczak
    Commented Dec 7, 2017 at 13:51
  • Probably but it was still necessary to ask this with regard to this exact sentence since that person had told me it was certainly the case, but it seems I was right all along.
    – Hasen
    Commented Dec 8, 2017 at 15:53

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Not sure about how the French adept came to that conclusion but according to the linked page, the agreement is expected:

les règles que la société avait définies


les comportements qui sont admissibles selon les règles qu[e l]'on a définies

  • Ok thankyou. Can you explain why? It is because règles is feminine ?
    – Hasen
    Commented Dec 7, 2017 at 13:37
  • règles is feminine plural and most relevantly, it is a direct object that precedes the participe passé. That situation is what triggers agreement of the participe passé.
    – Luke Sawczak
    Commented Dec 7, 2017 at 13:49
  • Ok that's great, thanks very much for your help.
    – Hasen
    Commented Dec 7, 2017 at 13:52

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